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A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands View details

Brian Holmshaw is leading an evening class for the WEA called A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands. The 12 sessions will use images, maps and documents from a range of time periods to investigate the history and development of Sheffield's parks, woodlands and open spaces. Some sessions are thematic, others explore a different park or wood in the city in depth. There will be 2 site visits. Thursday evenings, 5.30-7.30pm for 12 weeks from 19 September to 12 December 2019. Held at The Circle (Voluntary Action Sheffield), Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW

A Literary Score - Part 1 View details

Do you want to predict the future? By reading and discussing some of the best fiction written in England over the last twenty years, we aim to discover the Classics of the Future. Titles will include Minaret by L Aboulela, A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson and Elmet by Fiona Mozeley.

A Man of Character - Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge View details

'The Mayor of Casterbridge' presents the reader with a gripping tale, and also with many of the themes - love, loss, regret - that characterise his poetry in later years. This course is a chance to explore both in depth, against the background of an extraordinary life lived at a time of rapid change.

A Passion for the Palette: Women in Art View details

This course will explore the lives & works of a range of women artists from different periods and the representation of women in Art. Work by women artists will be considered within the cultural context & gender boundaries. Fully illustrated with discussion.

A Restless Nation View details

A peaceful nation with an established order in which everyone knew their place, or a nation in which riot, disorder and popular protest were not uncommon events? This course looks at the long history of popular discontent and disturbance in England and how, why and where people massed to air their grievances. Religion, wages, work and food disturbances and many more reasons both nationally and locally why, and where our ancestors took to the streets. Who was involved, and what were the outcomes. The English were revolting, or were they just protesting and, if so why?

A Restless Nation, Riot and Disorder View details

A peaceful nation with an established order in which everyone knew their place, or a nation in which riot, disorder and popular protest were not uncommon events? This course looks at the long history of popular discontent and disturbance in England and how, why and where people massed to air their grievances. Religion, wages, work and food disturbances and many more reasons both nationally and locally why, and where our ancestors took to the streets. Who was involved, and what were the outcomes. The English were revolting, or were they just protesting and, if so why?

A Restless Nation: Riot and Disorder in the South View details

A peaceful nation with an established order in which everyone knew their place, or a nation in which riot, disorder and popular protest were not uncommon events? This course looks at the long history of popular discontent and disturbance in England and how, why and where people massed to air their grievances. Religion, wages, work and food disturbances and many more reasons both nationally and locally why, and where our ancestors took to the streets. Who was involved, and what were the outcomes. The English were revolting, or were they just protesting and, if so why?

A Selection of Great American Poets View details

Join us in discovering some of the greatest of American poetry. We will study Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop and more.

A Tale of Four Cities - Part 1 View details

So much literature emanates from and concerns our capital city, London. However, a great deal of writing of real quality has been produced in, or by writers who came from , other cities in the United Kingdom. On this course we will explore writings from four other major cities, namely Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. There will be a consideration of a variety of novels, short stories and poetry, looking at what makes these works , and their authors distinctive and relevant to the cities in which they were written , or in which the writers lived. For example, concerning Edinburgh, we will explore the poetry of Norman MacCaig, short stories by Elspeth Davie, and a novel by Muriel Spark.

A View from the Distaff Side (and a little bit more) View details

Stories are often told through the lens of the male eye. We shall see how - told through the woman's eye - the story can be very different. We'll also look at men writing about women, and judge how much or little they know!